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Topic: Burlap pillows

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  • Started 3 years ago by simplelife16
  • Latest reply from vintagefleurs
  1. simplelife16

    simplelife16
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    Hey friends! Just got done with my first EVER pillow-making project! I used an old sugar sack and old burlap feed sack with thick cotton on the back. I was wondering if anyone has a remedy to stop the burlap from shedding? I have heard starch or Elmer's glue, but since it's a pillow I don't want it to be stiff like that. Any suggestions? Thanks!:)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. simplelife16

    simplelife16
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    Here is a picture!

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    dianeinthevalley
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    Funny how these topics always pop up when you need them. I want to make a bag out of an old burlap feed sack and wondered how you keep the threads from pulling apart at the seams? Love the pillows.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. I'm not sure if I have very good answers, but washing the burlap will really cut down on the shedding. Just make sure you start with a clean lint trap in the dryer and clean it a couple of times while drying your fabric. There will be A LOT of fuzz in the trap!! If you are using old burlap with graphics that you don't want to fade, but sure to wash in cold water. Since your pillow is already made, maybe you can remove the insert or hand wash it.

    Use a narrow zigzag for seams or sew 2 parallel seams about a quarter inch apart if using a straight stitch. Once the seam is sewn, raveling should not be such a problem, especially if your bag is lined. I've never tried Fray Check on burlap, but that might be another option.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    dianeinthevalley
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    Thanks Marge.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. simplelife16

    simplelife16
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    Hey Marge, thanks so much for the feedback! I would agree with what you said about washing the burlap (we used detergent with fabric softener) and washed it in cold water and that seemed to help it alot. We did it at the laundromat just to make sure we wouldn't ruin our dryer, theirs are probably more heavy duty.

    Diane, I did not have a problem with these burlap bags unraveling like I have with some store-bought burlap by the yard. They were very thick and tightly bound. Great tips about sewing the edges Marge!

    I asked the people at Joann Fabrics if they had any type of fabric sealer for fabrics that shed easily, but they weren't much help. I knew my Junk Revolution pals would have some great ideas!

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    mcnaughton
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    Listen to Marge. When I was a 26 year-old elementary school teacher, I washed my bulletin board burlap, put it in the dryer and went to work. Yep;had a dryer fire! Luckily, the damage was limited to smoke-damage.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. LuAnn

    LuAnn
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    Great pillows. Was going through a disorganized area of my utility room (you know the place) and came across an old burlap bag--this would be perfect. Thanks.

    LuAnn

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    gigi
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    love pillows but wanted to make an observation.

    (the imperial on the right) would have been an adorable seat cushion on that chair!!! the color/texture would be perfect!! ever get tired of pink/white stripes or the pillow....waaaalllllah, seat cover!!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. simplelife16

    simplelife16
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    Thanks everyone! Gigi, great idea! Don't worry, I have a couple burlap bags left if I want to replace the red & white ticking on the chair...

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  11. LOL! I guess you do have a "few"!! :-)

    Posted 3 years ago #

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